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The Carbon Footprint Challenge is a UNITECH International initiative, enabled by its corporate partners Covestro, Bühler and Evonik as well as nine top European universities connected to the Unitech network.
We invite you, passionate students and young professionals to join the Carbon Footprint Challenge and together with us fight climate change. Bring your innovative ideas to live, join an idea team or support fellow green entrepreneurs with your knowledge and expertise.
Take action against climate change and reduce the world’s carbon footprint
Win up to CHF 10 000 to support the realization of your idea
Receive coaching from experienced professionals from the industry and top European universities
Connect with some of the world’s most innovative companies
Be a part of a big community dedicated to reduce our carbon footprint
“Five years ago, I won a Bühler internal Innovation Challenge. I am still grateful for this great opportunity and curious to support now your ideas.”Katharina Hilker Sustainability Specialist, Bühler
“Participation in the Carbon Footprint Challenge provides a high-pressure environment, and the support, in which to explore your ideas, your personal capabilities and your ability to bring about impactful change.”David Ward UNITECH, Secretary General and Coach
“Participating in the Carbon Footprint Challenge 2018 was fun, adventurous, hectic and at the end of the day satisfying. It was an experience of a life time.”Saadman Faisal Finalist, Carbon Footprint Challenge 2018
We are looking for passionate people and ideas that can decrease the carbon footprint of manufacturing, industrial processes as well as for products throughout their entire value chain. Specifically our fields of interests are following.
We invite you to submit your idea, join a team or support your peers by sharing your knowledge and expertise. Connect with a community of passionate innovators who want to drive change. Get training in innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship from experienced representatives from the industry and academia that will equip you to bring your idea to life.
Submit your idea, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and share your expertise by providing feedback.
A jury of experts will select the best 25 ideas that will advance to the next phase.
The top 25 form teams and together with the help of experts and the community further develop their ideas.
A jury of experts will select the 5 best teams to pitch at the final event.
The top 5 teams will pitch at the final event and the winner will be selected
Everybody can participate in the challenge. However, only students and young professionals are eligible to submit an idea to the challenge. Young professional means that you are in the first five years of your career. If you are NOT a student or young professional, you can join the portal for inspiration and take part in the question blog helping the teams develop their ideas.
The team needs to consist of 3 to 5 people. No more, no less.
If you are not yet a complete team there is still an opportunity during the entire phase one to complete the team with another user from the platform with just the skills that your team is missing.
We ask you to provide us with a title, some keywords and an abstract of your idea. Then we will also ask you to describe the idea and the history behind it, describe a business plan and finally mention the risk and challenges with the idea.
All teams needs to be consisting of 3 to 5 members. If a team is incomplete, maybe you have just the right skills and competences to make a team registered complete.
You can also just register on the platform, get inspired and participate in the discussion and development of ideas in the innovation platform.
No! All backgrounds and competencies are of interest.
We are looking for ideas that can decrease carbon footprint of manufacturing, industrial processes as well as for products throughout their entire value chain.
No fully elaborated business plans, ready prototypes or ideas that are already being commercialized.
It is also important that the team creator must have full ownership of the idea.
Fields of interest
The full ownerships stay with the idea author.